Walsh ‘no’ to Cork hurlers

ALL STAR Cork footballer Aidan Walsh knocked back an offer to join up with the county hurlers this year.

The Kanturk club man enjoyed a fantastic football season last year with starring displays in both the All-Ireland and Allianz League finals. But he’s a talented hurler too and performed a dual role at underage level, winning Munster titles for Cork in both grades. He was at yesterday’s launch of the Cadbury’s U21 football championship and intends playing for the county team in the U21 hurling championship also.

However, he rejected the chance of taking that dual role onto senior level this year when hurling boss Denis Walsh made contact with him over winter.

“I was talking to him (Denis Walsh) at the start of the year and I made my views clear straight away,” said Walsh. “If you try and play too much you get injured and then you don’t play at all. I’m trying to cut down and to manage the situation. I’m trying to stay injury free, trying to get fit again. Being U21 and involved with the colleges makes it impossible to fit everything in.”

However, he’s open to reconsidering the situation next year or when his overall commitments reduce.

“If the opportunity came up I would love to try it,” he said.

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